*BEIJING: A strategic-level talks between the foreign ministers of Pakistan and China formally began in Beijing on Tuesday.*
Regional security situation and other matters came under discussion between Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Pakistan was desirous of peace in the region. “We thank China for supporting Pakistan in the difficult times.”
He said the endeavors of China for ridding the region of hostility and restoration peace was commendable.
The foreign ministers also discussed the Afghan peace process.
Chinese FM lauded Pakistan’s role in eliminating terror and making efforts for peace in the region.
Qureshi on Monday had said that relations between China and Pakistan were maintained on basis of strategic partnership. He was addressing an event at the Institute of International and Strategic Studies (IISS) in Beijing.
FM Qureshi said, “Pakistan and China are strong allies.” The foreign minister highlighted that a new era of development and prosperity will begin after the commencement of the second phase of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.
The foreign minister said that his country exhibited morale and patience while responding to Indian aggression post-Pulwama attack.
“Islamabad wants to resolve outstanding issues with India through dialogues.”